Published on: September 29, 2015

HRCMs Katherine Pettus writes to say that Mr Diederik Lohman of Human Rights Watch did the palliative care community proud on 28 September 2015 at the Human Rights Council on a panel organised by the Global Commission on Drug Policy to release their new report, which will be online soon.

The panel was sponsored by Senegal, Switzerland, and Uruguay, and chaired by Mme. Ruth Dreifuss. The topic of access to controlled medicines has had a lot of airtime this past week, also at the CND, where WHO participated in a side event organised by Norway and Australia, in the meeting room of CND itself, just before the session.

DiederikMs Pettus adds, “I literally cannot count how many member states at both CND and the HRC have now said that improving access to controlled medicines is a human rights priority and must be addressed at UNGASS2016.

Cheers to all of you for your advocacy work, and congratulations to Diederik for his very moving presentation yesterday, which brought the voices of patients and families to the Human Rights Council.”

We join Katherine, dear Diederik, to congratulate you and to thank you.

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